The New Brunswick Lung Association is urging Fredericton city council to regulate the use of wood stoves in the city.   

 Barbara MacKinnon, president of the N.B. Lung Association, told the city's public safety committee changes need to be made.

"We have this situation in Fredericton where a number of people who have asthma, or COPD, or a heart condition are getting smoke in their homes from their neighbours," said MacKinnon.

"At present, they have no legal recourse to stop that from happening," she said.

MacKinnon said wood smoke is a major source of pollution in many communities, especially when wood stoves are not used properly.

Wood stove bylaw

Barbara MacKinnon, president of the New Brunswick Lung Association, made a presentation to the City of Fredericton's public safety committee. (CBC )

"Some people aren't using their wood stoves correctly. They may be building their fire inaccurately," said MacKinnon.

"They're burning trash, or painted wood. All of those things create more emissions than dried lumber."

MacKinnon wants the city to enact a bylaw to regulate how wood stoves are installed and to consider 'no burn' days, as well as banning certain types of wood stoves.  

Council agree to look into the matter by calling for a staff report on the issues raised. Counc. John MacDermid says this will give them a better understanding of what needs to be done going forward.

"There are a lot of stoves out there. How do you regulate it? What's the regulatory system we're going to set up?" said MacDermid.

John MacDermid

Coun. John MacDermid says a city staff report will look into a bylaw for wood stoves. (CBC )

"But I think at least getting a staff report is the appropriate first step for this so that we can move forward and make an educated decision," he said.

MacKinnon hopes that this will spark change in more than just Fredericton. This is something she would like to see throughout the entire province.

"While we're waiting for that, in order to protect people's health, we would like some of the larger municipalities to enact a bylaw about this," said MacKinnon.